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The Belfry tower

The belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger.

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City Hall

The building was completed in 1421 but enlarged and adapted to the needs in the centuries that followed. The facade is richely decorated with gothic windows, towers, statues and the coat of arms of subordinate towns.

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The old guild houses

Guild houses were commissioned by the various guilds. They were the administrative seat of the organisation and the place where they held their meetings.

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The Burghers' Lodge (Poortersloge)

The Poortersloge was built at the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th century in the commercial heart of Bruges. This side of Bruges was the area where the international trade took place, ships were loaded and unloaded.

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Palace of the Liberty of Bruges

The palace of the Liberty of Bruges is a gold trimmed building on the burg square and dates from 1722 to 1727, when it replaced a 16th-century building as the seat of the Liberty of Bruges.

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Saint John's hospital

At the time of its foundation its function was not limited to the health function but it also was a place where travellers could find shelter or the needy (in the broad sense of the word) could find help.

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The inner canals and old bridges

Bruges is often called the" Venice of the North". The city originated on the banks of the river Reie.

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